Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley


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First printing of the third and first illustrated edition of Shelley's Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, Revised, Corrected, and Illustrated with a New Introduction by the Author bound with The Ghost Seer, Volume IX of Bentley's Standard Novels series. 

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (English).
  • London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1831.
  • Includes the engraved frontis and additional engraved title page, and a new introduction by Mary Shelley, bound with the Ghost-Seer, includes the final 1-page ad leaf, as issued. 
  • Bound in early half tan calf, plain unlettered spine.

The "Loyal Alyth Public Library" was founded by William Ogilvy of Loyal in 1871 and operated until 1912.

All first three printings of Frankenstein are scarce. The first printing of the third edition contains the first-ever attempt to illustrate the Monster. In her introduction, Shelley contextualizes the creation of her tale: "It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the German into French, fell into our hands… 'We will each write a ghost story,' said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to"..... "And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper."


Loyal Alyth Public Library

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Neat repair to front upper hinge.

Some very mild offsetting to frontis, oval library stamp of "The Loyal Alyth Public Library" to 15 pages.

Pages lightly toned.

Marks, nicks and scratches to binding.

Wear consistent with age and use.

Height: 6.75 inches / 17.14 cm
Width: 4.5 inches / 11.43 cm
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